Sydney Writers' Festival is back for another year and they've dropped a huge line-up of 55 international and 360 Australian writers, academics and public figures who will all be speaking to the theme of lies.

"In the second season of the greatest television show ever made, Buffy the Vampire Slayer learns a hard lesson about who she can really trust. At the end of the episode, as she's standing bereft and betrayed over a friend's fresh grave, her most trusted confidant asks Buffy how he can possibly reassure her. She responds simply: 'Lie to me'," shares Artistic Director Michaela McGuire.

"I've thought of this often, at various points in my life, since the episode first aired in 1997. Those three words convey so much: they're an admission of helplessness and complicity; a plea; a dare; a request for a bedtime story in a world full of monsters.

"This May, hundreds of the world's most exciting authors will gather in Sydney to examine the white lies and deceptions that are necessary for survival, and malicious lies that are spun with darker intent. They'll explore the ways that writing can be used to deceive others in an increasingly post-truth world, look at the lies that we tell ourselves and each other, and those we collectively tell as a country".

This year's line-up includes some of the literary world's finest including Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Max Porter, Meg Wolitzer, Fatima Bhutto, George Saunders, Candice Fox, Stan Grant, Leigh Sales and a heap more. 

For all the info on the festival, head here.